21- 22 March 2013
Sense, Feeling and the Body in contemporary Modernity

Seminar  organized by The Department of Philosophy (Institutt for filosofi og førstesemesterstudier) at the University of Bergen, ( Norway) Researchgroup on Subjectivation and late Modernity in cooperation with the Institute in Rome.
The seminar in Rome in the spring of 2013 is conceived as a meetingplace for lectures, presentations and discussions between the distinguished Italian Philosopher Mario Perniola and the members of the researchgroup.   The Researchgroup would like to thank Kristine Træland for her initiative in the planning of the seminar and Mario Perniola for his generous willingness to participate.

Thursday 21.03.13:
10:30 h.
Words of welcome from the leader of DNIR Turid Seim Karlsen.
Introductory speech by Kristine Træland on the background for the seminar.
Chair: Arild Utaker
10:45 – 11:30 h.
Helge Pettersen (Associate Professor FoF):
From Expression to Simulation and Beyond. Sense/Feeling in Music and its changing Conditions seen through the Territories and Lines of Flight of Coltrane and Hendrix.
(20-30 min.)
11:45 – 12:30 h.
Terje Hellesen (Novelist and Poet, Cand. Philol. of Philosophy):
Literature: Life, Sense and Feeling - Poetics and Ontology.
(20-30 min.)
14:00 – 14:45 h.
Remi Nilsen (Editor of the Norwegian edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, Cand.Philol. of Philosophy):
Enigma of the Eternal Present – Communication in the Age of senseless Improduction.
(20-30 min.)
15:00 – 15:45 h.
Kristin Sampson (Associate Professor FoF):
Beyond the Subject: Early Greek Conceptions of Corporeality.
(20-30 min.)
16:00 – 16:45 h.
Stein Hevrøy (Master of  Philosophy) and Hans-Jacob Ohldieck (Master of Literature, Ph.D. Candidate):
Folds, Vitality and Fragility: Notes on the Philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Mario Perniola and their Relations.
(20-30 min.)

Friday 22.03.13:
Chair: Kristin Sampson
10:30 – 11:15 h.
Robin Kirkhus (Cand.Philol. of Philosophy, Cand. Jur., Independent Researcher and Teacher):
Beyond Oneness in Philosophy and Zen.
(30 min.)
11:30 – 12:30 h.
Arild Utaker (Professor FoF):
Philosophy and the Denial of the Body.
(45 min.)
14:00 h.
Mario Perniola (Professor Tor Vergata):
What is it like to be a Plant?
(45 min.plus)
Open time for:
Concluding Remarks.

SATURDAY, 8 June 2013, 09:00-12:00

 Chaired and Introduced by Forbes Morlock (English, Syracuse University in London, UK)
There+s a telling moment in Mario Perniola+s extensive study of the philosophical aesthetics of the 20th century where philosophy, in the particular form of cognitive aesthetics, discovers by its celebration of art not art as such but merely more philosophy: ”The theoretical celebration of art responds to exigencies that are more philosophical than artistic. To assert the cognitive value of art means not only to grant to art something that after all it is not interested in, but also to deploy expectations and issues that are extraneous to it. Philosophy ends up finding in art nothingbut itself” (Mario Perniola, 20th Century Aesthetics, 58). This particular form of a more general issue concerning philosophical aesthetics manifests a tendency in philosophy to project its own exigencies onto its objects or topics. Much of the adventure of 20th century aesthetics has to do with the need or at least the desire to refuse philosophy, and aesthetics in particular, this circular privilege. In some cases philosophy simply becomes an art amongst others. Meanwhile art itself, in some of its 20th century forms, seems to encroach into philosophy too, to the extent that, as Perniola elsewhere argues, ”it becomes quite problematic to determine what is art today” (Art and its Shadow, 55). This session raises the question of the movement between art and philosophy—is it a space of lability or confusion, of transformation or ruin?
Mario Perniola (Aesthetics, University of Rome Tor Vergata, ITALY)
Gary Aylesworth (Philosophy, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, USA)
John W P Phillips (English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore)‚Ä®

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